Establishing Christ’s church among the Unengaged Unreached People Groups
The Sofi are part of the Kashmiri people cluster within the South Asian peoples and are only found in India. Their primary language is Kashmiri. The primary religion practiced by the Sofi is Islam, a monotheistic religion built around the teachings of the Qur'an and of the prophet Muhammad.
The Bhurtia people are strictly Hindu. There are stern laws prohibiting conversion to Christianity, and with practicing sorcerers and Hindu priests protecting them, reaching this small population presents unique challenges. One of the greatest dangers will be simply overlooking them, passing their doors by on accident, as potential evangelists go door to door. Once new believers place their faith in Jesus, they are likely to face persecution, ridicule and be outcast.
The Karmakar caste are generally well educated and have contributed a few engineering marvels to the world. Worshippers of Lord Viswakarma, there are few followers of Jesus.
Like many tribal communities in rural areas of the Hindu world, the Domar are not aware of the fact that they are a very low caste. They have their own deities and sacred ceremonies. The eat pork and beef. Literacy is very low amongst the Domar. Although there is a printed Bible in their language of Hindi, potential missionaries and evangelists will not be able to rely of written word when reaching out to the Domar.
Persecution of Christians among the people living in Odisha is the worst experienced in all of India. The language ties are strong in the caste and they marry only within their own caste. The complete Bible is available online in the Oriya language, but it is unutilized and there are no known believers.
A very impoverished people, the Kalabaz often work as entertainers and acrobats, tenders of livestock, or join the military. Sterilization among women is common, and they have few rights and no civic responsibility. The Kalabaz have very little common culture to tie them together, and the primary way to help them would be to teach them marketable skills to help lead them out of poverty.
The Paharia are a good-natured, simple people with open hearts. Well-fed and festive, their community centers around festivals and fairs that are mainly of a religious nature. Not much is known about their place in the caste system. There are very few Christ-followers among the Paharia, and they are in need of materials to encourage them and strengthen their faith.
The Bot community is very exclusive. They only marry within their people, but never within their own village. Generally unwelcoming even to people of other castes, they rarely allow village outsiders to settle amongst them, other than brides. A society of agriculturists, they have no known Christian believers among the 20 villages.
The primary language of the Sudradhar is Bengali. The primary religion practiced by the Sutradhar is Hinduism, the predominant religious tradition of the Indian subcontinent. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.
The Tilli are part of the Bengali people cluster within the South Asian peoples. Their primary language is Hindi. The primary religion practiced by the Tilli is Hinduism, the predominant religious tradition of the Indian subcontinent. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.
The Chamar people are part of the Untouchable caste—upper caste members even avoid being touched by an untouchable’s shadow. They primarily earn their livings from leatherworking, sandal making and as day laborers. They are a monogamous society with traditional dowries. Chamar people are Hindus belonging to the Shiva and Bhagvat sects. There is more responsiveness to the gospel among the Chamar than many other of the untouchable people groups.
The Dom society is strongly patriarchal. Girls are not educated and women work mainly in the home. With only a few hundred known Christians in the Dom community, their religious life is dominated by the Hindu gods Baba, Ramdeo and Bhainro. There also continue to be animists among them. Dom traditionally teaches that they were cursed to be a part of the untouchable caste because of the killing of a cow in antiquity. Most are employed as street musicians and beggars, with some finding work as day laborers. The Dom people are entrapped by centuries of bondage.
The Baniya people live mostly in the Mechi and Narayani areas of Nepal, although there are also some in Kathmandu. Their name comes from the larger Vania people, whose name means “trader” in Sanskrit. The Baniya engage in trade as well as agriculture and jewelry making to make their livings. Hindus by tradition, Baniya people claim Shrinathji as their god although some are Jainists. They are in need of the development of a literacy program and infrastructure.
Dhanuks make their living as the domestic servants and agricultural day laborers of the well-to-do in Nepal. They mainly live in tribal situations, grouped together with a maijan or chief in charge. They live by very strict social rules, and non-conformers can find themselves outcast by their tribe. Their day-to-day world is shrouded in belief in witchcraft, superstition, ghosts and magic.
The Dusadh people are among the poorest outcasts in Nepal. They earn most of their living by singing songs of worship to Hindu gods outside of temples while begging for alms. The extreme poverty makes it a challenge to evangelize. Christian workers will need to meet their physical needs, developing trust-based relationships and modeling Christ while helping them improve their living conditions.
Very little is known about the Kelwar population in Nepal. They are devout Hindus, but they are open to Christianity. Pray for this harvest, that they might be catalytic in reaching Hindus from other castes for Christ.
With a historical background of high levels of education and record-keeping service for the court, the Kayasthas have forged new paths forward for themselves quite successfully. Several prominent politicians and scientists have come from this caste. Kayasatha believe that they are descended from the result of a thought of Brahma, the ultimate creator god of the Hindus, and their professional success has led to a more comfortable life for their people.
Traditionally a blacksmithing caste, the Lohar people earn their living from metal working. There is very little evangelistic activity among them.
Although Eastern Magar has a complete Bible, repercussions by the government for proselytizing have been severe over the years, and the gospel has not advanced. There are only a few known Eastern Magar believers. They are followers of local versions of Hinduism and Buddhism. This is a society rife with joy, music and life. A self-sufficient and self-reliant people, they have a unique mode of dress, many rituals and tribal dances with many property owners and accomplished craftsmen among them.
The Sudhi of Nepal are part of the South Himalaya people cluster within the Tibetan / Himalayan Peoples. Their primary language is Nepali and the primary religion is Hinduism, the predominant religious tradition of the Indian subcontinent. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.
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